“Never Seen A Disciplinarian Like This”August 6th, 2012
Yesterday afternoon, longtime beat writer Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune popped in “The Todd and Booger Show,” co-hosted by Todd Wright and Booger McFarland, heard locally on WHFS-FM 98.7.
McFarland spoke about how he played for a strong disciplinarian coach under Father Dungy and asked Cummings what his perspective was about how new Bucs coach Greg Schiano was running the ship.
Cummings minced no words.
“I have never seen a disciplinarian like this,” Cummings said of Schiano. “Tony Dungy was very structured in the way he ran a practice and a training camp. Jon Gruden had his way in how he ran a training camp, Raheem Morris was something different than those two. But I have never seen anything quite like this — extremely disciplined.
“You know, there are no benches out there at training camp. There are no places to sit down at training camp and that is by design. That may give you an idea. That’s more of a college-type ploy. The whole goal is you are out here for maybe two hours and 45 minutes in the heat practicing and you want these guys to be ready and that is part of his discipline. It’s not just the stuff about the toes on the line and things like that, but it’s about the fundamentals of the game, which he is really adamant about. Booger, it is amazing. They are doing some of the most basic things.”
Joe has noticed that, too. The biggest thing is how offensive players — not just running backs — are constantly biting the football.
Joe has also seen Schiano, after the offense put the ball on the ground a couple of times, blow the whistle and have the entire team gather around him for what is either a tongue-lashing or a lecture about the value of taking care of the ball.
Joe has seen drills he has never seen before, and one tackling drill that Joe remembers doing in high school, which is to foster would-be tacklers to wrap-up. instinctively.
Little things add up to big things and Joe hopes the results can be seen in a few weeks on NFL Sundays.
Schiano is nothing if not detailed.